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Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience

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#1
Jeffrey J Sable
Early neuroimaging research on language-related function is useful for teaching cognitive neuroscience. In these studies, researchers used relatively simple experimental designs in an attempt to break down complex cognitive processes. In addition, the hypotheses tested in these studies were based on models derived from non-imaging observations, such as lesion studies. Thus, students at all levels may find the research accessible in its simplicity and engaging in its attempt to test existing theories in novel ways...
2016: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27980486/cockroaches-now-evading-death-by-getting-bitter-about-sweeteners
#2
Alexander J Bies
Here, I review the article "Changes in taste neurons support an adaptive behavior in cockroaches" by Wada-Katsumata et al. (2013). Their article elucidates the mechanism by which some cockroaches avoid eating poisoned bait: a change in the response properties of cells that transduce the tastant glucose and related sugars. Specifically, the data show that in cockroaches that avoid glucose consumption, these sugars activate the gustatory neurons that detect the presence of bitter compounds. This finding was replicated in cockroaches from several distinct populations...
2016: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27980485/both-genetic-and-environmental-changes-can-enhance-learning-and-memory
#3
Jane M Flinn
This review discusses two papers from the same lab that directly compared the effects of genetic enhancement with environmental enrichment on learning and memory in mice. In the first study mice were genetically manipulated to have an increased expression of the NR2B component of the NMDA receptor, associated with learning. These transgenic (Tg) mice showed greater current flow, larger EPSPs, and improved learning and memory on a variety of tasks. In the second experiment both the Tg mice and normal wild type (Wt) mice were raised in either a standard environment or given an enriched environment for two weeks...
2016: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27980484/psychosocial-stress-health-and-the-hippocampus
#4
Susan Kennedy
Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) is an interdisciplinary field that examines the relationships between psychological factors and changes in endocrine and immune function, with possible consequences for health status. There is a growing literature suggesting that psychosocial stressors can impact negatively on health through deleterious changes in immune function. In their 2005 review, Glaser and Kiecolt-Glaser examined the mechanisms by which these changes might occur, and summarized some of the findings showing stress-related health consequences in a number of human populations...
2016: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27980483/introducing-students-to-subcortical-sensory-motor-and-cognitive-processes-associated-with-saccades-using-a-series-of-papers-by-goldberg-and-wurtz
#5
Aaron L Cecala
The ability to acquire, observe, and analyze neuronal activity in conjunction with behavior in awake, behaving organisms was a great leap forward for the field of neuroscience in the 20(th) century. While some of the early experiments are relayed in introductory textbooks, rarely are undergraduate students introduced to tractable primary literature that illustrates the genesis of modern techniques, includes raw data that are immediately interpretable based on their basic knowledge of cellular neuroscience and their own experience, and reinforces and/or question basic concepts in neuroscience...
2016: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27980482/candles-in-the-dark
#6
EDITORIAL
Bruce R Johnson
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2016: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27980481/student-assisted-course-design
#7
Eric Birgbauer
Designing a new course is an important but time-consuming task for instructors. Traditionally, the instructor researches and develops the course, launches it as a pilot class, and receives student feedback upon completion of the course. Here I suggest student participation in the initial design and development of a new course. I initiated a course design class with a few motivated, upper division students to plan an advanced neuroscience course. The students assisted me in the new course preparation and offered valuable organizational and intellectual input prior to launching the new course...
2016: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27980480/a-new-feature-in-june-sharing-the-amazing-papers-of-neuroscience
#8
EDITORIAL
Ian A Harrington, Aaron L Cecala, Bruce R Johnson
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2016: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27980479/professor-eric-can-t-see-a-project-based-learning-case-for-neurobiology-students
#9
Judith Mosinger Ogilvie, Eric Ribbens
"Professor Eric Can't See" is a semi-biographical case study written for an upper level undergraduate Neurobiology of Disease course. The case is integrated into a unit using a project-based learning approach to investigate the retinal degenerative disorder Retinitis pigmentosa and the visual system. Some case study scenes provide specific questions for student discussion and problem-based learning, while others provide background for student inquiry and related active learning exercises. The case was adapted from "'Chemical Eric' Can't See," and could be adapted for courses in general neuroscience or sensory neuroscience...
2016: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27980478/the-woman-born-without-a-cerebellum-a-real-life-case-adapted-for-use-in-an-undergraduate-developmental-and-systems-neuroscience-course
#10
Jennifer Brielmaier
In 2014, the case of a 24-year-old woman who had just discovered she was born without a cerebellum made headlines around the world. The details of this case were combined with other published cases of cerebellar agenesis to create an active learning exercise for an undergraduate developmental and systems neuroscience course. By reading an intriguing narrative and answering questions in stages, students work together to apply and extend their knowledge of brain development and cerebellar function. The case can be used to introduce new information in a "flipped classroom" setting or as an interactive exam review...
2016: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27980477/-social-neuroscience-leveraging-social-media-to-increase-student-engagement-and-public-understanding-of-neuroscience
#11
Alissa Valentine, Jake Kurczek
Neuroscience is young and still developing. It is quickly adapting to a number of emerging changes in science and education. Not only have neuroscientists been at the forefront of the open access publishing movement, but many prominent neuroscientists continue to push towards making science more accessible and understandable to the broader public. Social media is a global phenomenon that is changing the way that we talk about research and education. Researchers, students, and the public alike can leverage social media to find updates in research and higher education...
2016: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27980476/using-rubrics-as-a-scientific-writing-instructional-method-in-early-stage-undergraduate-neuroscience-study
#12
Erin B D Clabough, Seth W Clabough
Scientific writing is an important communication and learning tool in neuroscience, yet it is a skill not adequately cultivated in introductory undergraduate science courses. Proficient, confident scientific writers are produced by providing specific knowledge about the writing process, combined with a clear student understanding about how to think about writing (also known as metacognition). We developed a rubric for evaluating scientific papers and assessed different methods of using the rubric in inquiry-based introductory biology classrooms...
2016: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27980475/word-origins-of-common-neuroscience-terms-for-use-in-an-undergraduate-classroom
#13
Robert M Hallock, Emma C Brand, Taylor B Mihalic
We compiled a list of nearly 300 neuroscience terms and list their language of origin (typically Latin or Greek), their literal meaning, and their pronunciation in a table. The table was distributed to students in an undergraduate neuroscience class a few weeks before the first examination. A follow-up survey asked students how long they spent with the handout, and also assessed whether they thought it helped them better understand the terms, apply the terms, and whether they thought it helped them enough to get a higher grade on the exam...
2016: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27980474/from-botox-to-behavior-neuroscience-for-non-scientists-at-emory
#14
Leah A Roesch, Kristen Frenzel
For the past six years, we have been teaching a neuroscience for non-science majors course titled "From Botox to Behavior: Neuroscience for non-scientists." The primary objectives for this course are to create science literate students using neuroscience concepts as the foundation. The evidence from our course assessments suggest that the students are learning fundamental concepts and developing skills of source evalution, using evidence in an argument and appreciating the role of neuroscience in society. While the course has been very successful as measured by student performance on assessments of content learning and student satisfaction, we have noticed a pervasive weakness in quantitative literacy...
2016: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27980473/using-a-pop-science-book-to-teach-introductory-neuroscience-advantages-for-science-majors-and-non-science-majors-alike
#15
Laura E Been, Paul G Mermelstein, Robert L Meisel
The traditional approach to teaching neuroscience often involves presenting a topic like one might present a "murder mystery"; evidence is presented serially until the final answer is revealed. Although this approach mirrors the scientific discovery process, it is not always effective at engaging students, particularly those who are less familiar with the scientific concepts being presented as evidence. By the time the answer arrives, students may be too overwhelmed to absorb it. One way to combat this is to reverse the order of presentation...
2016: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27980472/the-establishment-of-an-on-campus-neurotraining-center-at-a-small-university-internship-experience-using-neuropsychological-techniques
#16
Edward J Schicatano, Robert Bohlander
In 2015, Wilkes University's Neuroscience Program and Psychology Department established a unique training and learning center on a small liberal arts undergraduate campus - The NeuroTraining & Research Center. This paper shares the purpose of the Center, as a learning tool for Neuroscience majors who engage in internships and research opportunities, and as a means of promoting well-being on the campus by offering training in techniques such as Neurofeedback, Biofeedback and Audio-Visual Entrainment to the college community...
2016: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27980471/the-miracle-fruit-an-undergraduate-laboratory-exercise-in-taste-sensation-and-perception
#17
Olga Lipatova, Matthew M Campolattaro
"Miracle Fruit" is a taste-altering berry that causes sour foods to be perceived as sweet. The present paper describes a laboratory exercise that uses Miracle Fruit to educate students about the sensation and perception of taste. This laboratory exercise reinforces course material pertaining to the function of sweet taste receptors covered in a Sensation and Perception course at Christopher Newport University. Here we provide a step-by-step explanation of the methodology, and an example of data collected and analyzed by one group of students who participated in this laboratory exercise...
2016: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27980470/an-inquiry-based-approach-to-study-the-synapse-student-driven-experiments-using-c-elegans
#18
Michele L Lemons
Inquiry-based instruction has been well demonstrated to enhance long term retention and to improve application and synthesis of knowledge. Here we describe an inquiry-based teaching module that trains undergraduates as scientists who pose questions, design and execute hypothesis-driven experiments, analyze data and communicate their research findings. Before students design their research projects, they learn and practice several research techniques with the model organism, Caenorhabditis elegans. This nematode is an ideal choice for experimentation in an undergraduate lab due to its powerful genetics, ease and low cost of maintenance, and amenability for undergraduate training...
2016: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27980469/use-of-structural-assessment-of-knowledge-for-outcomes-assessment-in-the-neuroscience-classroom
#19
Jennifer L Stevenson, Samir Shah, Joel P Bish
Outcomes assessment of undergraduate neuroscience curricula should assess the ability to think integratively about basic neuroscience concepts based on two of the core competencies established by the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience. The current study investigated whether the structural assessment of knowledge (SAK) approach, which evaluates the organization of an individual's knowledge structures, is effective for demonstrating learning of basic neuroscience concepts. Students in an introductory psychology course (n = 29), an introductory neuroscience course (n = 19), or an advanced behavioral neuroscience course (n = 15) completed SAK before and after learning gross brain anatomy and neuronal physiology...
2016: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27980468/are-electrode-caps-worth-the-investment-an-evaluation-of-eeg-methods-in-undergraduate-neuroscience-laboratory-courses-and-research
#20
Stephanie M Shields, Caitlin E Morse, E Drew Applebaugh, Tyler L Muntz, David F Nichols
Electroencephalography (EEG) is a common neuroscience technique that is more accessible to undergraduate programs than expensive techniques such as fMRI and single-cell recording. The use of EEG can provide undergraduates with firsthand neuroscience research experience without taking too many financial resources away from a program. There are multiple types of EEG equipment that can be used, including individual electrodes and electrode caps. This study used surveys administered to students who were in a neuroscience laboratory course, conducting research, or participating in research in order to discern which of these two EEG setups is preferred by undergraduates...
2016: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
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